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Who did a&m play the week before and who did we play? Not on the coaches, it was on the players and what they had to endure. Don't get me wrong, I agree with everything else in your original post, just not the coaches. Roll Tide.
Hey Jim - they played at Miss State and won 38-13 the week before us. But I'm afraid it's always the coaches' responsibility to to have the team ready to play. The players have their fair share of responsibility as well, but that's on the coaching staff too.
Ultimately, we caught a white-hot aTm team at the wrong time. Sometimes, I wish every tough game we played was on the road. We just seem to be more focused.
If you think that game was one of the better for this coaching staff. Then I don't know what else to tell you?
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So we are saying that despite our coaching staff being overall much better that we have a bad game every now and then so Nobody has the advantage with coaching? Is that right? If so that would make perfect sense assuming that the UGA coaching staff never has an off day and gets blown out say 38-7. If games like that dont happen ever then you might be right. Assuming that they do have an off day from time to time then it probably doesn't make any sense. Though it makes more sense than saying they have a better front seven across the board though that's not saying much.
In terms of running the overall program, there is none better than Saban at tying all the elements of a program together: player evaluation, recruiting, asst coaching evaluation, academic development, player development, psychological development, booster/alum relations, Xs and Os, media relations, game management, etc.
But what I'm saying is that you have coaching matchups too, and sometimes they're more balanced than you think. For example, no one argues who is the better coach between Saban and Kiffin. Yet, his dad seriously out-coached us one afternoon in B-DS to the extent that we had to block a FG to save crystal.
This particular week, I think we're seeing the same thing. I'm hoping we don't outcoach ourselves and just do what we do, and do it faster and better than we have all season.
Maybe that's a better explanation, I don't know. Good discussions though!
So you just have a feeling that this week we are going to have a bad week and they are going to have a good week and level the playing field?
You may be right, but why do you think that?
I agree with your assesment of our linebackers. I work for UGA and I watch them every week. I am a lifetime Bama fan but Being objective after watching them both play all year isnt tough. Georgia 's defense is very sporadic. I have seen Buffalo and some other soft teams push them around at times. I dont think they are as deep as we are at linebacker. Their running backs are talented but due too Georgia sometimes giving up on the run too early dont get to show what they can do. If we stuff the run on two posessions the Dawgs will throw every down, and they are capable of beating alot of teams doing just that. I see us winning because of experience in BIG games. Georgia has struggled when they play anyone with a winning record.I think this comes from the competition they have faced the past two year with weak schedules. I am catching it this week because up until they won the east they didnt think we would play each other. Now they are walking tall and cocky as can be. They can beat us if our pass coverage doesnt hold up, but I dont think their defense can stop our offense.
What I'm saying is that I think they have the talent and the coaching to make this a good game. I also said we'd win by 10. Seems like you're trying to make this a doomsday analysis and it wasn't at all. I think we're going to win.
But those other guys are coaching and playing pretty hard too, and they're pretty good at it. Saban himself has heaped praise on Grantham this week.
For the record: there is no comparison between Richt and Saban as head coaches. It's not even a discussion. But it doesn't just stop there. I'm really not sure why this is so hard to understand.
I know Richt has had some success against Saban. What is the head to head record?
I think Saban leads 3-2. That's off-the-cuff. Not positive.
I know he is 1-1 against him while at Bama. Didn't he beat him once in the SEC Championship Game while he was at LSU?
Yep, then UGA beat his LSU squad in Athens in 2004.
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Not particulary hard to understand I just don't agree with the thoughts. Look though I get it everybody has opinions and that we are on the same side. I know that you think we are going to win and I know that it's not a Doomsday analysis.
On the discussion, I have made the point a million times that I don't understand how any reasonably knowledgeable SEC fan like yourself could take their front seven over our front seven on both units when our front seven is so much more accomplished and productive. On the coaching comment, I view us to have a substantially better head coach and defensive coordinator. The offensive coordinator position is pretty close and then we go into position coaches. I see us with a pretty substantial advantage but hell to each his own.
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92DT great job on the position comparisons, +1.
Here is why I think BAMA will win this game 31-16. As the saying goes… “Defense wins Championships.”
BAMA is #1 in the country in TOTAL D. DAWGS are #17.
The two biggest areas of difference are in RUSH D and POINTS ALLOWED D. BAMA is #2 in the country allowing just 77 yards a game (Stanford #1 is allowing 71.4). The DAWGS are allowing 163.9 yards a game. That is a MASSIVE differential. I think this area may be the biggest factor in the game. With BAMA’s stellar O-Line against the DAWG’s D-Line I think we win this game running the ball versus passing the ball. Besides, if we run better we can pass better, which will put up more points. Everyone in the media seems to be hyping up the DAWGS running back duo, but haven’t really focused on who they are facing, a D that is #2 in the country against the run.
So we are allowing just 9.3 points a game, and the DAWGS D are allowing 17.7 points a game (Keep in mind we played against “Johnny Football” and Co., and the DAWGS did not). This is another MASSIVE differential in points allowed between the two Ds.
So in the end I think our D will win this Championship. They are just better.
However, what about our O versus their D compared to their O versus our D. Our O has the better advantage, although not statistically. In the FBS BAMA is 78th in PASSING O and the DAWGS are 35th in PASSING O, and BAMA is 22nd in RUSHING O, and the DAWGS are 39th in RUSHING O. I think the biggest area that is not statistically shown though is in our O-Line compared to theirs. Ours is just better. Although the DAWGS are better statistically in PASSING and we are statistically better in RUSHING, the fact is our O-Line is so much better than theirs. They say the game is won in the trenches, well in this case BAMA is a SIGNIFICANT advantage over the DAWGS. JMHO
Other things to ponder will be the hurry up offense. Will we see more of this from BAMA against the supposedly deeper DAWG D? I think we might. Why not?, seemed to work well against the AUBS. This will be troubling to the DAWG D (Depth wise and the difficulty in rotating players) if we effectively use this technique in the game.
Who has the better PEAKNESS intangible? I think BAMA is PEAKING nicely, and better than the DAWGS. Since the ABSTRACT/OBSCURE/ANOMALY/WEIRD Texas A&M game BAMA appears to have righted the ship. Hard to tell against very suspect teams, but at least they were complete, as expected, DOMINATIONS. The AUB game was definitely an over the top CRUSHING. I expect this PEAKING trend to continue into ATL.
Lastly, BAMA is really good at winning these HIGH PROFILE type games intangible. Ever since the 31-17 beat down to Utah BAMA has been on a roll in the SECCGS and the BCSNCGs. I give the edge to BAMA even though it is supposedly in ATL, remember all of the NOLA talk.
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Roger that, man. Bottom line is I think the matchup is much closer than you think - and I still think we win by 10.
CrimsonStain - great points. So many words in CAPS though. Loud noises.
Nice. Yes the CAPS were for emphasis, maybe too much if that is what stood out the most. lol
Although the stats seem to be leaning towards a 31-16ish game, there are times where I feel like BAMA could blow this game out of the water. RTR
Outside of Florida who they beat by 8 and South Carolina who beat them by 28, who have they played? I know our schedule hasn't been exactly brutal but their last 4 wins they've boasted about are pathetic. All that said, I know they'll play us very tough.
Not sure where you are getting that from? I said the players were tired physically and mentally from a hard fought LSU game. I agree with 99% of BOL posters and believe that we should have lined up and run it straight ahead when we had it first and goal late in the game but, I think I will give CNS and our staff the benefit of the doubt.
& I think on defense they waited too late to make some adjustment's. But that is just me.
Saban > Richt
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